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Say no to closing judicial process

Two years ago, the Georgia First Amendment Foundation honored the state's Judicial Qualifications Commission for an opinion that strongly discouraged judges from keeping the public out of courtrooms.

September 23, 2016 | By Hyde Post Guest columnist | Opinion


Drought may require divine solution

Uh oh, here we go again. I have been told that we are beginning to experience drought conditions in the state. Somebody needs to alert Dr. Gil Watson, the world's greatest preacher. There is no question he can soon have some serious raindrops falling on our heads.

September 22, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Just be glad we're not North Carolina, yet

If you want to see how badly politicians can mess up a state, look no farther than our neighbor North Carolina.

September 21, 2016 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Freedom of speech often hurts

Editor: I read Mr. Riddle and his column on Mr. Colin Kaepernick and his protest of racial injustice in the United States, which has spread to several NFL players to include raising fists and even a whole team locking arms in solidarity.

September 20, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Wetlands protect open waterways

At Keep Liberty Beautiful we have waterways on the brain in September and October. Liberty County's 11th annual Rivers Alive Day is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 22, but we already have groups cleaning up locations throughout September and October. With more than 40 percent of Liberty County "liquid" - either wetlands and marshes, creeks, rivers or and ponds - water protection should be crucial for us. Often, the focus for Rivers Alive is actual bodies of water, but we believe these cleanups are just as essential for protecting our marshes and wetlands. As a coastal county we have an abundance of ...

September 20, 2016 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Words are important

Editor: Words are important because words have meaning. People use words as a communication tool. Words are also like recording devices - they record the ideas in our minds. A speaker must have prior understanding of the possible meanings that his or her words will have upon an audience. What meaning do you get from these quotes by Hillary Clinton:

September 20, 2016 | Staff Report | Opinion


Real estate professionals make a difference

The Hinesville Area Board of Realtors is a local non­profit organization that thrives to make a difference in the Liberty, Long, Tattnall and Wayne county communities. HABR is an organization comprised of 153 Realtors and 22 affiliate members who are the heart of the organization. This partnership allows HABR to make an impact within the community and make a difference in the lives of the people who reside in our communities.

September 20, 2016 | By Karen Carter Guest columnist | Opinion


'Ban the box' and help ex-offenders succeed

More than 700,000 Americans are released from prison each year. We expect them to re-enter society and be law-abiding, but we make it extremely difficult for anyone who has served time to ever become gainfully employed, even though they have paid their debt to society. A barrier that needs to be removed is that box on standard job applications that asks, "Have you ever been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor?"

September 19, 2016 | By Mike Brady Guest columnist | Opinion


Status symbols now include moutain families' hand-me-downs

When I was a child and we visited my grandparents, who lived up in the mountains in small, humble houses which we drove to slowly around inclining, twisting roads, I knew their standard of living was different from ours.

September 19, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Just tell the folks, who, what, where, etc.

While studying for a degree in journalism, I learned the basics for telling a good story and answering questions before they could be asked.

September 17, 2016 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Powerful words: Underdog attacks make-believe issues

For a while it seemed as if the mayoral debate might have ended before it began. After prayers by Raymond Cooper and Dick Bland incited a near-riot in the Methodist church fellowship hall, voices quickly dulled to whispers as Juliet Stoughton took her place behind the podium.

September 15, 2016 | By Kevin Slimp Columnist | Opinion


Military base visit shows their importance

National defense is our government's greatest responsibility, which is why I am chairing the new House Military Affairs Study Committee to learn how we can improve the military value of Georgia's bases. The committee's second visit was to the Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany and Fort Benning where U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson and Congressmen Austin Scott and Sanford Bishop joined us to protect our bases.

September 15, 2016 | By State Rep. Dave Belton Guest columnist | Opinion


Freedom to disrespect works both ways

Who cares what Colin Kaepernick, the sage of San Francisco, thinks? Really. So, why am I writing about him? Because people have asked me to weigh in and I will do it this one time.

September 15, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Be careful who you send packing

Gov. Nathan Deal very much wants to do away with local boards of education that run Georgia's public school systems.

September 14, 2016 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


It takes a village

The success of our community's children is tied to the foundations embedded within them by more than their parents and family; much like in the mid 80's there was a song that peaked at the top of several music charts. This song reminded the nation that it was our responsibility to nurture, empower and mentor our children. It's undeniable the emotion and passion that can be felt in each word as Whitney Houston sang the lyrics to The Greatest Love of All.

September 13, 2016 | By Kristin J. Bryant Guest columnist | Opinion


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Congressman Carter is right choice

Editor: Contrary to what a recent letter to the editor said, Congressman Buddy Carter is the representative we need in the First District of Georgia.

February 02, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


And they're back...

More than a century ago, New York Surrogate Judge Gideon J. Tucker handed down a legal decision that included this observation of state lawmakers: "No ...

February 02, 2017 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Tax for cop salaries would not work

Editor: Please, not another tax! This one does not pan out for me. I see a large county with sales outlets like Fulton County collecting ...

January 31, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


Recycle, Shred It day on Feb. 18

Our quarterly Recycle It! Fairs are scheduled for 2017. The first will be 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, in three locations ...

January 31, 2017 | By Sara Swida Columnist | Opinion


Boost economic value of Stewart, Hunter

Editor: Each year individuals and businesses start off the new year with goals to focus on for a better quality of life. Unfortunately, by this ...

January 31, 2017 | Staff Report | Opinion


Penny tax for cop raises is a good idea

Like many people I know this side of jail, I'm a fan of good law enforcement.

January 31, 2017 | By Jeff Whitten | Opinion


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